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Tohono O'odham Artist



Basket, c. 1900
Grass and leaf
x 4 1/8 in. ( x 10.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P5017
Ring-necked olla with flat base. Coiled construction with wrapped openwork coil zigzag around neck. Black tessellate pattern on buff.

Materials
bear grass, yucca leaf and devil's claw

Commentary
For wrapping the coils of their baskets, the Papago originally relied heavily on devil's claw plant as willow was difficult to obtain.When they began using yucca, the quantity of black in their designs lessened. The openwork coils at the neck of this olla reflect another technical change added for the tourist trade; it was used primarily by the Papago.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 89, fig. 310.

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